Anne Jefferson

Anne Jefferson

Associate Professor & Assistant Chair
Office Hours:
Monday 3:30 - 4:30 pm; Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm; Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm via appointments at
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Research in my lab focuses on watershed hydrology and geomorphology in human-altered landscapes. Current projects focus on plastic pollution and anthropogenic litter, stormwater management, urban stream geomorphology, and ecological restoration. Much of my research is field-based, but my group also makes use of laboratory experiments, stable isotope analyses, geographic information systems (GIS), and hydrologic modeling. For more information, please see my website.



Ph.D. in Geology, Oregon State University, 2006, M.S. in Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota, 2002, B.A. in Earth & Planetary Science, John Hopkins University, 2001


Watershed Hydrology, Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions, Hydrogeomorphology


  • Costello, D., Hartung, E.W., Stoll, J.T., and Jefferson, A.J., 2020, Bioretention cell age and construction style influence stormwater pollutant dynamics. Science of the Total Environment, 712: 135597, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135597
  • Blauch, G. and Jefferson, A.J., 2019., If a tree falls in an urban stream, does it stick around? Mobility, characteristics, and geomorphic ...wood in urban streams in northeastern Ohio, USA., Geomorphology. 337: 1-14.
  • Scarlett, R., McMillan, S.K., Bell, C.D., Clinton, S.M., Jefferson, A.J., and Rao, S. 2019. Influence of Stormwater Control Measures on Water Quality at Nested Sites in a Small Suburban Watershed. Urban Water Journal. doi:10.1080/1573062X.2019.1579347
  • Jefferson, A.J., Kenney, M., Hill, T., and Selin, N. 2018. Universities Can Lead the Way Supporting Engaged Geoscientsts. Eos. 99, doi:10.1029/2018EO111567
  • Singer, D.M., Jefferson, A.J., Traub, E.L., and Perdrial, N. 2018. Mineralogical and geochemical variation in stream sediments impacted by acid mine drainage is related to hydro-geomorphic setting. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. 6(1): 31.
  • Jefferson, A.J., Bhaskar, A., Fanelli, R., Hopkins, K.G., Avellaneda, P.M., and McMillan, S.K. 2017. Stormwater management network effectiveness and implications for urban watershed function: a critical review. Hydrological Processes. 31 (23): 4056–408
  • Avellaneda, P.M., Jefferson, A.J., Grieser, J.M., and Bush, S.A., 2017. Simulation of the cumulative hydrological response to green infrastructure. Water Resources Research. 53, doi:10.1002/2016WR019836.
  • Bell, C.D., McMillan, S.K., Clinton, S.M., and Jefferson, A.J., 2017. Characterizing the Effects of Stormwater Mitigation on Nutrient Export and Stream Concentrations. Environmental Management. 59: 604
  • Thapaliya, D., Hellwig, E.J., Kadariya, J., Grenier, D., Jefferson, A.J., Dalman, M., Kennedy, K., DiPerna, M., Orihill, A., Taha, M., Smith, T.C. 2017. Prevalence and characterization of Staphylococcus.... GeoHealth. 1:
  • 10. Bell, C.D., McMillan, S.K., Clinton, S.M., and Jefferson, A.J. 2016. Hydrologic response to stormwater control measures in urban watersheds. Journal of Hydrology. 541: 1488-1500. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.08.049


  • Kent State University Student Accessibility Services, May 2019
  • “Mothers, Mentors, and Muses” award, Kent State University Women’s Center, April 2019
  • Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2016-2017
  • Inclusion in the National Association of Geoscience Teachers' On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activity collection, based on review of the “Take A Hike Assignment”, 2013
  • First prize poster: "Hands-on Experiences with Stable Isotopes in the Geosciences Curriculum", 2014, Kent State University 21st Annual Conference Celebrating Teaching


Research Institutes and Initiatives

Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative, Healthy Communities Research Initiative